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Wood Stove Information – Guide

Wood Burning Stove Installers

Minster Stoves & Heating offers competitively priced multi-fuel and wood burning stove installation in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire & the surrounding areas.

Wood burning stoves make an attractive living room focal point, as well as potentially providing a cheaper and greener source of heat for your home.

Wood burning stoves are only suitable for burning wood, whereas multi-fuel stoves are designed to burn wood, coal, smokeless fuel and peat. Multi-fuel stoves are fitted with a grate and ash pan.

Wood burners & multi-fuel stoves are usually a standalone centrepiece to keep one or more room’s cosy, however certain models can be connected to a back boiler to provide central heating and hot water.

Choosing a wood burning stove

During our free, Free No Obligation home visit we will discuss all options with you and advise you regarding the most suitable stove & type of fuel for your needs and budget.

For a rough guide to the costs of having a multi-fuel stove installed please see our wood and multi-fuel stove installation costs page.

To view a selection of leading manufacturer’s stoves, visit our wood burning stove brochure page.

Save money on your heating bills

When you’re thinking about installing a wood-burning stove, finance is usually a big factor. A wood-burning stove makes an attractive focal feature to a room, it can also give you the opportunity to turn off the central heating and make a significant saving on your heating bills. However those savings can’t be achieved without an initial investment in your stove and the cost of installation.

With more rises in gas, electricity and oil prices, people are looking at ways to cut their bills. Every home’s different but it’s estimated a wood-burner can save up to 30% on fuel bills each year! Many stoves provide sufficient heat that when the door to the room they are installed in is left ajar, heat is able to permeate throughout the entire house, enabling the central heating to be turned off or down to a very low temperature.

How green is a wood burning stove?

Wood is a carbon-neutral fuel because the carbon released as it burns has already effectively been offset by the carbon absorbed during the lifespan of the tree – leading to a net zero carbon footprint.

This makes using a wood burning stove to heat a room more eco-friendly than burning a non-renewable fossil fuel, such as coal or gas. An even greener approach would be buying fuel from a sustainable source or salvaging fallen wood for yourself.

What is the difference between a wood burner and a multi-fuel stove?

A wood burner is designed to burn ONLY seasoned wood, a multi-fuel stove will burn seasoned wood, coal, smokeless fuel or peat and will have a riddling grate and ash pan.

Wood burning stoves have a different grate enabling a combustion cycle that better suits the burning of wood increasing the stove’s efficiency. When burning wood the airflow should run over the top of the logs, with the logs sitting in a bed of ash.

Wood burners and multi-fuel stoves may also have different air controls as wood and solid fuel burn in completely different ways. Wood primarily requires an air intake from the top (usually provided in the form of an air wash to keep the glass nice and clean and on some stoves, tertiary or additional secondary air to burn off the volatiles and smoke particulates). Solid fuel requires air from the bottom of the stove (primary) air as it tends to burn from its heart.

Kilowatt Capacity

The kilowatt output of the stove should be closely matched to the kilowatt requirement of the room. For example, a standard room of 15ft length by 14 ft wide by 7ft high only needs a stove with an output of 3 kilowatts. Please visit our kilowatt calculator for further information.

Installing an oversize stove will result in possible low firebox temperatures which in turn will lead to condensates and deposits forming in the flue system.